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Eric Hornick of MSG Plus gives us a look into the Islanders vs. Avs.

Monday, 10.18.2010 / 9:08 AM ET / News
By Eric Hornick
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Game 5
Islanders 5, Colorado 2

Milan Jurcina scored his first two goals as an Islander in a 4:55 span of the second period to break a scoreless tie and the Islanders rolled from there, defeating Colorado 5-2 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Jurcina, who scored only once all last season, recorded the third two-goal game of his career, but his first since January 10, 2006.

A Fighting Start
Zenon Konopka and Cam Stewart engaged in a fight just five seconds into the game. It's the fourth straight game that the Isles have had a fight, with Kenopka and Trevor Gillies each being involved in two. The first period ended scoreless.

One Each Way

Jurcina scored the game's first two goals. The first goal was scored shorthanded and it was the Isles first shorty of the season. After Jurcina scored his second goal at even strength, Josh Bailey made it a 3-goal period with a power play tally. It was the third goal of the season for Bailey.

Two each in the Third

Stewart broke Dwayne Roloson's shutout at 2:19 of the third, but Michael Grabner responded two minutes later with his first goal as an Islander. TJ Galiardi scored midway through the third to cut the Islanders advantage to 4-2, but John Tavares hit the empty-net at 19:40 of the third for the first goal of his sophomore season, and the final margin of victory. 5-2 Final.

Record Night for Milan
Jurcina assisted on the empty-netter to give him a three-point night. It is the first time in his career that he has managed three points in a game and the first time in his career hat he has ever scored shorthanded.

11 for the Defense
James Wisniewski added an assist to Juricna's three point game. The Isles now have 11 points (4 goals and 7 assists) from their defense this season.

New Scoring Leader
Bailey assisted on Jurcina's first goal to give him a 2-point night. He now leads the team in scoring with seven points.

Roli's First Win
Dwayne Roloson evened his record at 1-1, making 28 saves for the victory. Craig Anderson made 20 saves for the Avalanche.

Who's Number 1?
With the win, the Isles improve to 2-0-1 at home and 2-1-2 overall. Their six points in five games gives them the only winning record in the Atlantic Division and a share of the division lead with the Penguins. The Isles have scored an empty net goal to cement both of their victories.

Perfect on the PK
In addition to Jurcina's goal, the Isles killed all four Avalanche power plays. It's the first time this season that they have been perfect on the penalty kill. The Isles finished 1-7 on the power play.

In the Circle
The Isles won 38 of 64 draws (59%), led as per usual in the early season by Konopka, who won 13 of 20. Frans Nielsen (11/17) and Tavares (8/12) also had strong games in the circle.

The Long Road Ahead
This is the third game in a 15 game stretch that will find the Islanders playing 12 on the road and only three at home. They are now 1-1-1 in the first three games, with a 4-game road trip upcoming. The Isles will not be back at the Coliseum until October 29th; their only other home game in this stretch is on November 6.

Missing Men
John Tavares played for the first time since the first period of Opening Night and James Wisniewski returned from his suspension. The Isles, still without Mark Streit, Kyle Okposo and Rob Schremp for extended periods, played without Trent Hunter (foot)

The Goals Keep Coming
The Isles have scored 18 goals in the first five games; it's the most that they've scored in the first five games since they opened the 2001-02 season by scoring 22 goals in the first five games.

Season Series Stats

The Isles lead the season series 1 game to none. The teams will play again in Denver on January 8th. The Isles have now won six straight over the Avs at home; Colorado hasn't earned as much as a point at the Coliseum since a 2-1 win on December 8, 1998. How long ago was that? Patrick Roy was in goal and Peter Forsberg had the winning goal. In the last eight games overall between the teams, the Isles own six wins, one overtime loss and one tie.

Hometown Heroes
The Isles are now 2-0-1 at home, earning five points in their first three home games. It's their best home start since winning their first three at home seven years ago (2003-04).

Up Next
Monday, October 18- Islanders @ Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00
[MSG+ (Islanders pre-game at 6:30pm), WRHU 88.7FM]

The Isles begin a four-game road trip on Monday when they head to the center of the hockey universe to face the surprising Maple Leafs. Toronto is off to a 4-0-0 start so this will be a battle of two first-place teams at the Air Canada Center.

The Isles took three out of four games last season, including the memorable 58 save performance by Dwayne Roloson last November. Toronto-area native Josh Bailey scored in overtime to win that game.

The Islanders penalty-kill excelled against Toronto last season, killing 19 of 20 and scoring two shorthanded goals.

Eric Hornick has been the statistician on Islander home game telecasts since 1982. Information contained in The Skinny has been gathered from various sources.




J. Tavares 78 33 37 6 70
K. Okposo 79 22 42 -4 64
F. Nielsen 81 20 32 1 52
B. Nelson 81 26 14 -3 40
N. Leddy 81 5 35 -9 40
A. Lee 80 15 21 -2 36
J. Bailey 81 12 20 -7 32
C. Cizikas 80 8 21 4 29
R. Strome 71 8 20 -9 28
M. Grabovski 58 9 16 3 25
T. Greiss 23 11 4 .925 2.36
J. Halak 18 13 4 .919 2.30
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